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November 11, 2007  Volume 14, Issue 21










Kasun wins the Golden Boot award for the second time

By Hafiz Marikar

Ratnam Sports Club and Sri Lanka centre Kasun Jayasuriya has made himself, his club and work place proud by winning  theGolden Boot award for the second time in the KIT Premier League Football Tournament for scoring the highest number of goals.

Kasun who hails from Badulla is one of the top class strikers of the game and played  well in the tournament.

He  netted 12 goals in 11 games, and in the last season he scored 23 goals in 20 games.

He missed the finals against rivals Saunders Sports Club due to a red card in the semis which deprived him of scoring more goals.

Kasun  started playing football at Dharmadutha College, Badulla and later entered St. Joseph's College, Darley Road, and represented the school.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader Kasun said that this feat  was possible due to the great support he got from his team mates.

He said that Ratnam Sports Club is blessed with the some top class players and˙ can be rated as the best club in the country - the reason why Ratnam's have been winning many tournaments.

Hurley Silvera speaking to The SundayLeader said that Kasun gave his best to the club to win the KIT Premier League for the second successive year. He has lot of football in him and is sure to do well in the coming SAF games which will be held in Sri Lanka .

Kasun, who is attached to the Hirdramani Group plays for his company in the Mercantile tournaments and helped his company win the championship this time.

He has been a regular player of the national team and has given of his best to the country.

Kasun is thankful to all those who coached him from his school days upto the the present time.

He led the Sri Lankas against the Malaysians and also led the country in the 2nd leg of the world qualifying round game against Qatar .

Football fans wish him the very best.

Christmas bash at Victoria

Victoria Golf & Country Resort will be having their Christmas bash on December 15 from 7.00 p.m. onwards.

 The Christmas bash is a much awaited event at the Victoria. It features a scrumptious four course Christmas dinner with many surprises like raffle draws for jewllery, five star accommodation vouchers and a disco that will move your body to the grooves.

A secret Santa giving away prizes, a chance to sit on Santa's knee or become the best dressed couple and win prizes and much much more at this years Christmas bash at the  Victoria

"Definitely the Christmas bash at Victoria will be the most happening event this Christmas season in Kandy. It is a never to be missed event. Seats are limited  for that mouth watering Christmas dinner  - so reverse you place as fast as you can," said Mike Varney, general manager,  Victoria Golf & Country Resort. To reserve your place at the Christmas Bash at Victoria this December call 0777 258 730. Be there or be left out! 

Gronholm crashes out in Ireland

World Rally Championship leader Marcus Gronholm is out of the Rally Ireland after crashing on stage four in Sligo on Friday morning.

Gronholm was taken to hospital in Sligo after losing consciousness following the crash but he was later released after being examined by doctors.

The Finn's co-driver Timo Rautianinen was unhurt in the crash.

Loeb, who trails Gronholm by four points in the standings, led Dani Sordo by 4.4 seconds after five stages.

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen was 39 seconds behind Loeb in third place. BP Ford's Gronholm hit a wall in the fourth stage near Sligo while running third behind Citroen team-mates Loeb and Sordo. "They found some very polished tarmac and Marcus didn't get the braking he expected," added Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson. 

Through the Week

Sports happenings at a glance



Atapattu stuns the cricketing fraternity

'The Muppet Show' was rhe headline in the Sunday Mail in describing the outburst by Marvan Atapattu at a media briefing after third day's play in the first Brisbane Test. Marvan, basically a calm and collected person who is prominent for his majestic stroke play took the role of a fearsome pace man slammed Sri Lanka Cricket selectors. He very boldly labelled chief selector Asantha de Mel as a 'joker' and the other selectors as 'muppets' ,calling them as money hungry and who  have personal grudges.

SLC to discuss Atapattu's criticism

Former cricket captain Marvan Atapattu is in danger of being sent home following his outburst against the Sri Lanka national selectors at the press briefing.

Warne's coach Jenner still after Murali

At the beginning of every tour after that Boxing Day Test in 1995 the Aussies have been  haunting and haunting him, doing their utmost to hound him out of the game. Warne's bowling coach Terry Jenner has again called the ICC to scrutinise to prove his action in a Test match.

Slater says Australians should support Murali

Former Australian opening batsman Michael Slater urged the Australian public  to change their notions against Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action as Murali is a true hero of sport.


Asian National Rugby Tourney

Sri Lanka will play in the Asian Nations Division One tournament along with Chinese Taipei, China and Singapore in April next year said the President of SLRFU, DIG Nimal Lewke.


Royal and Trinity share Corea Cup

The fourth annual Royal College versus  Trinity College  hockey encounter for the J.C.A Corea Challenge Cup played at the astro turf ended in a thrilling nil all draw.



Mahela blames 1st Innings debacle for defeat

Mahela Jayawardene the Sri Lankan Skipper attributed his side's defeat by an innings to bad batting in the first innings.

SLC perturbed over Atapattu's drastic comments

Sri Lanka Cricket Interim committee at an emergency meeting decided to take disciplinary action against Marvan Atapattu once the former captain returns to the island after the tour. They have decided that he will not be recalled. Mahela is also determined to keep him.

McGill vows Australia can prosper without Warne.

Having finally stepped out of Warne's shadow Stuart McGill claimed his 200th Test  wicket by bowling a unplayable leg spinner to Vandort. McGuill vowed to show the world that Australia could prosper without the departed leg spinner and expressed solidarity with Sri Lankan rival, Muttiah Muralitharan.


Justine Henin beats Maria Sharapova

Belgium's Justine Henin's Worlds Number 1 inspired season reached a most suitable climax when she successfully defended her title at the tour-ending event, the WTA Championships defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in three sets, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in Madrid. To beat the comeback Russian after a shoulder injury it took her 3 hours and 25 minutes - the longest final after the event switched to the best of three since 1999.Henin ended 2007 with 10 titles and unbeaten in 25 matches.

Ishara clinches a triple crown

Ishara Madurangani of Sri Devananda College Amba- langoda clinched a triple crown  at the Ping Pong Academy  Open All Island Ranking Table Tennis Championships concluded at  St.Thomas' College,indoor stadium, Mount Lavinia.


Soccer violence in Italy

Inter Milan's match with Lazio was postponed on Sunday and AC Milan's game at  Atlanta was abandoned early on after a Lazio fan was accidentally shot dead by a Police officer. The dead man was in a car with other Lazio fans.


Holy Family Balika MV annexes two  titles.

Holy Family Balika MV, Kurunegala  annexed two major netball titles in the All Island under 15 and All Island 'Milo' under 14 netball tournaments beating  Musaeus College ,Colombo and the more fancied Kalutara Balika MV, respectively.



Federer crowned king of tennis 2007

Switzerland's Roger Federer was crowned the year's top player for the fourth consecutive time at a glittering ceremony in Shanghai's Qi Zhong Stadium, the venue of the Masters Cup showpiece. However Federer slumped to a shock defeat to Fernando Gonsalez in his opening match here and will probably need round-robin wins against Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick to reach the semi finals.

Gasquet upsets Djokovic

 Eighth ranked  Richard Gasquet stunned No 3 Novak Djokovic 6-4,6-2 at the Masters Cup ,all but  ending the Serbian player's run with a match remaining in round-robin play.


Mercantile Rugby Sevens

Thirty nine teams  will participate in the 37th Mercantile  Rugby Sevens' conducted by the  Mercantile Rugby Football Association and sponsored by Dialog Satellite TV to be worked off from November 16 to 18 at the CR&FC grounds, Longden Place.


Pakistan golfers impress on day one

The Royal Colombo Golf Club, the venue of the 120th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championships sponsored by the Golf Union was worked off  under near perfect conditions on the opening day of the prestigious main championship which is due to conclude on Friday. It was the Pakistani Golfers who impressed over the hosts Sri Lanka on day one.



Sanga's fitness the main worry

Sri Lankan cricketers arrived in Hobart and will be at the nets on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the second Test on Friday at the Bellrive Oval. According to skipper Mahela Jayawardene he has been getting match fit, doing his running between the wickets and generally moving about without much discomfort.

Dilshan sparkling 188

Test discard Tillekeratne Dilshan smashed a sparkling 188 with 12 sixes and 14 fours as Bloomfield trounced Colts CC by 87 runs in their SLC Premier Tire 'A' limited overs cricket tournament played at Havelock Park. Australian born Mathew Riki Wessells, son of former South African player Keppler Wessells top scored for the Maitland Place club, NCC, with 83 in 99 balls in his d‚but match  versus Tamil Union helping his club to win by 4 wickets at Maitland Place.


SL Golf Nationals

ON day two of the main event, the Sri Lankan Amateur Open golf Championship witnessed stiff opposition between the foreign and Sri Lankan golfers to come within the cut off 46 out of  an overall 84 players.


Nadal - the latest upset at Masters Cup

World Number 2, Rafael Nadal suffered the latest upset at the season ending Masters Cup when he was beaten 4-6,6-4,6-3 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.


Royal Institute in 32-25 win

Royal Institute beat Belvoir College International by 32 points to 25 in a boys fixture of the inter International Schools boys and girls under 19 tournament conducted by the  British School.



India win 4th ODI

Tendulkar smashed almost a run a ball, 97, to help India beat Pakistan by  6  wickets in the 4th ODI against Pakistan played at the Capt. Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalio in the 5 ODI Indian Oil Cup series. Scores: Pakistan 255 for 6 wickets in 50 overs; India : 260 for 4 wickets 46.3 overs,            

Nayana Priyantha 200 n.o.

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa were too strong for for St. Peters College, Negombo when they amassed 414 for 2 declared in their inter-school Lemonade Trophy encounter played at Moratuwa

Scores: Prince Of Wales College 414 for the loss of 2 wickets declared; St.Peter's College, Negombo 1st innings 70 all out and 2nd Innings  61 for 4 wickets at close.

English cricketers arrive today

 The England cricket squad led by Michael Vaughn will arrive   today for their second leg of the tour which will feature three Test matches against Sri Lanka.

 Compiled by Sunil Thenabadu

Basl Sports Gala

Sports Gala 2007 is one of the significant and social events organised annually by the sports committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. The  event will be held on November 25 (Sunday) at St. Joseph's College Grounds, Colombo 10 at 7.00 a.m. The members and their families of 71 branch associations of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka from all parts of the country will participate in this memorable event. This will be the greatest annual family gathering of attorneys-at-law and their families.

Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva will be the Chief Guest at the event. Attorney General C. R. de Silva, President's Counsel, Solicitor General, Priyasath Dep, President's Counsel, and President, Bar Association, Nihal Jayamanna, President's Counsel will grace theoccasion.

The main feature of Sports Gala 2007 will not only be games for all but also fun, entertainment, prizes and surprises. The events include a six-a-side cricket tournament, tennis (matches will be held on November 18 at 10.00 a.m. at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Green Path, Colombo) swimming, netball, badminton, table tennis, soccer, carrom, chess and athletics.

These events will be held at St. Joseph's College sports complex and cricket grounds.

The winning BASL Branch with the highest number of points will be awarded the Hon. Chief Justice's Challenge Trophy.

The best cricket team will be awarded the Bar Association President's Trophy

and the best sportsman and the best sportswoman trophies will be awarded by the  Attorney General and the . Solicitor General.

Godfrey Cooray, chairman of the sports committee,  the Bar Association of Sri Lanka requests the  participation of members of branch associations to make this  event a success.

For any further information please contact - Godfrey Cooray,

Chairman, Sports Committee, BASL,Tel. 0 11-2236736, 031-2239221, 0722270792 Pancy Joseph, Convenor, Sports Committee, BASL Tel. 0773196022, 011-2246398,

Shamel Madurasinghe, Administrative Secretary, BASL Tel. 011 2387477

Isuru Udana bags 9 wickets

Isuru Udana took a matchbag of nine wickets as D. S. Senanayake College forced a draw at their inter-school cricket tournament match concluded at Wijerama Mawatha, yesterday

Scores :Ananda: 186 and 209 (U. Jayawardena 59, D. Ireshan 39, D. Samarakkody 6  for 60, I. Udana 4 for 53) D. S. Senanayake: 238 (L. Weragala 20, G. Weerasinghe 92, N. Pathirana 41, H. Darshana 36 n.o., U. Peiris 6 for 86, W. Ishara 2 for 18)

Bash of the Kandy Clan

˙A unique event organised to promote fellowship and strenghten the bonds of friendship amongst the lads and lasses of Kandy will be held on November 25 (Sunday) at the CR & FC grounds commencing 9.30 a.m.˙It is a fun day open to all past pupils of Kandy schools and their families. Loads of entertainment, games, competitions, prizes and surprises, music, dancing, food and trade stalls are on the agenda. All young and the not so young - come join in the fun to rekindle fond memories and relive your school days.

For further information please contact: Dineli on 0112699866/0717616306 or S.B. Herath on 0112889732 or 077- 4163304.˙Ranil Prema- tilake, Secretary, TCK, OBA, Colombo Branch.

Learn to play golf in seven days

The Victoria Academy of Golf is a centre of excellence for teaching golf. The  excellent facilities at this luxury resort lend themselves to providing the prefect learning environment for all levels of players, from the beginner to the golf professional.

A special programme has been designed to teach the game in a week. Under the watchful guidance of Mike Varney, British PGA professional, who also is the General Manager of the Resort, the programme will cater to the local and overseas market.

The seven day course will teach you the basics of golf from how to get your grip right to mastering those bunker shots.  Methods used will simplify the techniques.

The programme will also help you to unlearn those bad habits and learn the correct technique which will enable you to perfect your game.

"Our aim is to encourage the potential local golfer to take up the game and for our  overseas players to enjoy their vacation whilst they learn the game under our care.

Our coaching sessions are designed to help the players bring out their own individual style and to enjoy the game," commented Mike Varney, General Manager,  Victoria Golf & Country Resort.

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Compiled by Sunil Thenabadu

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